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LGBT charity calendar banned on Facebook for ‘sexual activity’

Lydia Smith December 16, 2018
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Men are pictured in a charity calendar.

The Naked Rugby Players calendar (Facebook)

An LGBT charity calendar has reportedly been banned on Facebook for containing “sexual activity” despite it not containing any.

The calendar by The Naked Rugby Players, which aims to raise money for the testicular cancer charity Balls To Cancer and LGBT+ inclusive rugby, was banned from the social media platform for containing explicit content.

The calendar reportedly went against Facebook’s community standards on nudity and sexuality activity, which bans content containing nudity (showing genitals), sexual activity, sexually explicit language and female nipples (except in the context of breastfeeding, birth, health and protests).

However, the calendar contained none of the above.

According to The Gay UK, Facebook told the page’s owners that the post went against their community standards and banned the page from commenting or posting for 24 hours.

Facebook’s ban “disappointing”

The description on The Naked Rugby Players website reads: “We’ve photographed six inclusive rugby teams from across the UK, wearing nothing more than some sport socks and boots, to bring a little excitement to 2019 whilst at the same time raising money for each inclusive club involved and for the Balls To Cancer charity who promotes awareness of Testicular Cancer in men.”

It features the teams the Bristol Bisons, Liverpool Tritons, Glasgow Alphas, Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents, Northampton Outlaws and the Sheffield Vulcans.

The creative director behind the calendar, Jake Hook, told The Gay UK: “We take a huge amount of time on photo shoot days to ensure that everybody is comfortable and making absolutely 100 percent sure that nobody’s genitals are on show.

“In fact, it is in our agreement with the clubs that take part that we make sure that no one’s genitals will be invisible.

“Facebook’s ban is obviously disappointing,” he added.

“We are so proud of this calendar and the message that it gives. Be proud of your body, be proud of your sexuality and be comfortable in your own skin.”

You can purchase the calendar on The Naked Rugby Players website for £10 with free shipping.

Facebook controversy over LGBT+ adverts

In October, an investigation by The Washington Post found dozens of LGBT+ adverts have been blocked by Facebook.

Posts promoting transgender rights have been affected, along with a number of local queer organisations.

The social media giant, which has already faced accusations of queer erasure, said that in the majority of cases, its censoring was accidental.

Related topics: Charity, Facebook, social media

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